From the first post of a series posts on the design of the Start Screen in Windows 8, it’s worth noting that Microsoft has listened what the communities are saying and has implied to address them in the up coming release.
Concern #1: Will there be a way to close Metro style apps without going to Task Manager?
Answer: Yes, there will be, but we also want to talk about why you probably won’t need to use it.
Concern #2: Are we going to do anything to make the mouse more efficient in scrolling through your programs in Start?
Answer: Yes, we’ll improve that experience, and show you much more in the beta.
Concern #3: about feeling less efficient to cycle through recent programs compared to using the taskbar.
Answer: we’ll have more to say about that in future posts. So stay tuned.
Concern #4: Start screen is just a “Metro Shell”
Answer: Metro style is a design language we can apply to any element of Windows, and the Start screen is the evolution of the Start menu (as well as taskbar, notifications, and gadgets), and not really a “Metro shell.” We don’t see “Metro” as a mode of Windows, rather it is a way to describe the attributes of applications written to WinRT.
So, let’s stay tuned.